Talks on releasing military prisoners were held between President Glafkos Clerides and Turkish-Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash on Monday (September 30) following a three-day break.
Talks on releasing military prisoners were held between President Glafkos Clerides and Turkish-Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash on Monday (September 30) following a three-day break. The two leaders met for nearly three hours at the Ledra Palace Hotel in Nicosia and agreed to resume the exchange of prisoners or war on the island. Up until last Thursday (September 26) less than 2,000 of the estimated 5,000 prisoners were exchanged. The hand-over was stopped after that because of Greek-Cypriot prisoners failed to arrive from jails in Turkey.
Mr. Denktash told reporters that the delay in the exchanges was due to "technical" problems.
At the talks, the two community representatives agreed that Greek Cypriots stranded in Turkish areas or Turkish Cypriots caught in Greek areas by the fighting would be allowed to return to their homes.
Mr. Denktash later said this agreement would affect no more than a few hundred people - most of whom had been holiday.
However, the question of more than 200,000 refugees of the war, including the thousands in the British Sovereign Bases in the south of the island, was not discussed at the meeting.
It is uncertain when the next meeting will be held. A United Nations statement on the talks said Mr. Clerides had asked that no date be set for another meeting. it is reported that Mr. Clerides wanted to clarify his negotiating position should Archbishop Makarios return to the Island. The former President is said to be planning to return on October 15.
Meanwhile, for the first time, the editors and journalists of all papers in Nicosia demonstrated at about mid-day on Monday against the "disrespect" to the press by EOKA B.
SYNOPSIS: While the meeting was in progress, journalists and editors of all local papers in Nicosia gathered at Metaxas Square with pickets to protest against what they called the acts of violence by EOKA B during last week. The pressmen claimed that the EOKA B burned and destroyed newspapers that were sent out of Nicosia to be distributed to the villages. The demonstrators marched towards President Cleride's office asking for his support for the freedom of the press.